But IMDB tells a different tale. According to the popular website, The Color Purple made less than $12M in the opening weekend and has to date grossed $58M. And to make matters worse, the industry isn’t taking the “Oscar bait.”
Is The Color Purple sinking? And why are Taraji and Oprah the ones in the gossip blogs?
With a budget of $100M plus marketing, The hasColor Purple – as of now – lost at least $75M.
According to MediaTakeOut, studio executives at Warner Bros are blaming Oprah and Taraji for the nosedive.
No official reasons why the musical flopped have been made public. However, during the promotional tour, some point to an imaginary feud between the two stars and Henson’s “I don’t get paid enough” campaign.
On Jan. 17, Taraji P. Henson told TODAY.com that it’s ‘not fair’ the narrative has turned away from ‘The Color Purple’ film.
She expressed the gossip should be about the film’s making and promotional efforts and not spiral into other things.
Taraji P. Henson continued to speak about the focus of the film.
“And that’s not fair to me, or anybody in the film, because the film deals with women who are oppressed, who live in an oppressed system. Men and women. And all the characters in that film except for the white people. So that movie is about healing. That movie is about sisterhood,” she added.
How does Taraji speaking on her problems with the industry cause a movie to flop?